BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Following another strong season in the classroom, the Lehigh women’s lacrosse team earned a 2012 IWLCA Academic Team Award, as announced on Monday. The Mountain Hawks were one of four Patriot League teams honored, along with American, Holy Cross and Lafayette while 42 teams in the nation made the cut. To qualify, schools had to achieve a cumulative team grade point average of 3.0 or above for the 2011-12 academic year.
Lehigh earned numerous academic honors last season, led by Leigh Ann Torcivia, who made the Academic All-Patriot League team a year after Anna Patterson made the inaugural team. The Mountain Hawks placed 14 members on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, including five with spring semester GPAs of 3.80 or higher and 10 of 3.50 or above.
Julie McBrien was named the team’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year following the season. She owns a strong cumulative 3.46 GPA as a Finance major, posting a 3.82 GPA last spring.
In addition, goalie MaryLeah DiNisco won an Arthur Ashe Award for a second straight season. The award is present to student-athletes of color who exemplify high standards in academics, athletics and service to the community. Winners must meet the following criteria: have completed one full academic year at their respective institutions, earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher, be an active member of an intercollegiate athletic team and demonstrated a record of campus or community service.
Torcivia also received a Lehigh Distinguished Achievement Award at last spring’s annual convocation, which includes a significant academic component. The recipients are student-athletes who have displayed a high level of scholarship, significant athletic achievement at the league level and beyond and demonstrated service to the institution.
IWLCA Team Awards
Albany, University at
California, Berkeley, University of
Central Connecticut State University
Denver, University of
Detroit Mercy, University of
Florida, University of
The George Washington University
Holy Cross, College of the
Louisville, University of
New Hampshire, University of
North Carolina, University of at Chapel Hill
Notre Dame, University of
The Pennsylvania State University
Saint Francis University
Saint Mary's College of California
The Ohio State University
Vermont, University of
Virginia, University of